october, 2020

31octAll DayThe Bedford International Short Story and Poetry AwardsInternational Entry Fee: £6 Max word count: 3,000 (short story), 40 lines (poetry) Top Prize: £500

The Bedford International Short Story and Poetry Awards

Event Details

The 2020 Short Story and Poetry Competitions are now open for entries. The closing date is 31st October 2020, but if your story or poem is ready now, send it in and start on your next one. There is no limit on the number of entries you can send in.

Stories may be up to 3000 words on any theme. The entry fee for a single story is £6, but enter three at the same time and it will cost £12. Any number of stories may be entered by a single entrant.

Poems must be no more than 40 lines long and the entry fee is £6 for one or £12 if three are entered at the same time. An entrant can enter any number of poems.

Full time students pay a reduced entry fee of £4 for one story or poem and £8 for three.

For both competitions the prizes are first place, £500, second place £150 and third place £100. In addition all shortliated stories and poems plus other prizewinners are published in an anthology which is produced in paperback and electronic book format.

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